PITTSFIELD — The U.S. Navy has modified a four-year, $104.2 million contract it originally granted to General Dynamics Mission Systems last summer, awarding an additional $43.2 million for work on ballistic missile submarines that will mainly take place at the company’s facility in Pittsfield.
The work includes support development, production, installation and deployed systems support exclusively for the Columbia/Dreadnought class of U.S. and U.K. submarine strategic weapons and subsystems, according to a news release.
General Dynamics expanded its existing manufacturing space at its facilities on Plastics Avenue for work on the project last summer after the original contract had been awarded in June, according to General Dynamics Mission Systems spokesman Tom Crosson. In a news release, General Dynamics refers to that expansion as “one of the largest manufacturing floor expansions” at the company’s Pittsfield facility.
The original contract called for General Dynamics to develop, produce and install fire control systems for Columbia/Dreadnought ballistic missile submarines. The majority of that work is also scheduled to take place in Pittsfield, and is expected to be completed in November 2024.
The modified contract will allow General Dynamics to maintain its current Pittsfield employment base of roughly 1,600 employees, Crosson said, with more hiring expected in the future. General Dynamics currently has 38 jobs available in Pittsfield.
“In November, we celebrated with our Navy partner, 65 years of phenomenal support to our nation’s strategic deterrent mission,” said Laura Hooks, vice president of General Dynamics Mission Systems’ Strategic Systems business. “We are entering the next era of development and production for the Navy’s fire control system on the newest fleet of submarines that will extend this deterrent capability for another 65 years.”